The first official day of Web Directions North is now done; and despite my bias, Dave Shea, Derek Featherstone, Maxine Sherrin, and John Allsopp all deserve our collective thanks. What started as the musings on some blogs, has evolved into a stellar conference in the very fog-heavy city Vancouver.
Lessons learned so far:
- bottled water, even if sealed, is not allowed on carry-on luggage;
- de-icing amounts to spraying gelatinous anti-freeze on planes;
- flying into Vancouver at sunrise is awe-inspiring;
- planes can land in fog so thick you can’t see the ground below you;
- there are people Microsoft that really do care;
- HomeSite is not coming back, but Dreamweaver continues to improve;
- few Web developers smoke;
- security camera footage projected on a screen makes for excellent entertainment;
- I’m “old” and am definitely a reformed Web standards criminal;
- “hijax” is the way to do Ajax;
- when Joe Clark is on, nothing is better;
- the Web’s potential is obvious to all but corporate managers;
- and, most surprisngly, jellyfish is actually really good.
Tomorrow I present with Adrian Holovaty, whom, after all these years, I finally met. He also helped me realize there is reason for optimism.